Safari Reading List

Have you ever seen something on the web or in an app that you don’t have time to read at that moment, but want to remember to read later? Safari has a great feature called Reading List that keeps track of those pages for you. And best of all, you can read those saved articles even when you’re offline.

Add To Reading List

It’s easy to add web pages to the Reading List while you are using Safari. If you are on a web page that you want to remember to read later, just tap the Share button, and then tap Add to Reading List:

Note: if the tool bar is hidden, just tap the top of the screen to show it.

In Other Apps

Many apps, such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Apple News, and more, support adding to the Reading List. Just tap the Share button in the app and choose Add to Reading List just as I describe above.

View The Reading List

To view your Reading List and read the saved pages, go to Safari, tap the button at the bottom that looks like an open book (this is at the top left on iPad), then tap the Reading List button:

Note: if the toolbar is hidden, tap the top of the screen to show it.

You’ll see your saved articles listed with the most recent one at the top. Tap an article to read it:

On the iPad, the Reading List will stay open until you tap the open book button again.

Keep On Reading

It is easy to work your way through your reading list. When you get to the end of a saved page, you will see UP NEXT: and the title of the next page in your list. To read that one, just scroll up:

Also, if you scroll to the top of a page and there is another saved page before the current one, scroll down to show that page.

Remove a Page

To remove a page from the Reading List, swipe left on the article and tap Delete:

If you want to remove several saved pages at once, tap the Edit button at the bottom, tap each page you’d like to delete, then tap Delete:

Keeping Track

Reading List keeps track of which pages you’ve read. To view only unread articles, tap the Show Unread button at the bottom of the list:

To manually mark a page as read or unread, swipe right on the page. If the page has already been read, tap Mark Unread, or if it hasn’t yet been read, tap Mark Read:

Offline Reading

One of the best things about Reading List is that it will automatically make your list available offline, so that you can read even when you’re not connected to the Internet. This is great when you’re traveling.

To turn this on, go to Settings, tap Safari, and then in the Reading List section turn on Automatically Save Offline:

Better Reading

Combine Safari’s Reader View with Reading List to get an even better reading experience. Reader View removes ads and other unnecessary elements from a web page so you can focus on the article. I explain how to use Reader View here.

Don’t Forget To Read

Reading List uses iCloud to stay in sync across your devices, so if you add something on your iPhone it will be in your list on your iPad and Mac.

It’s wonderful to be able to keep track of articles you want to read but don’t have the time for at the moment. It’s even better to not have to worry about whether you’re connected to the Internet when you’re ready to read something you’ve saved. I hope this article helps you to always have something to read.


Cover photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash

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  1. Another well made article Rob. I love the Reading List and its ability to sync perfectly and near instantly between my iPhone and iPad.
    When I used Chrome, it baffled me that it did not have such a feature. I figured they just allowed for extensions to handle that. Not my preference.
    For a long time, I used Pocket to save read-later stuff. It’s great. But it’s another app or extension or service you must use/install. Having such a great feature built-in is best. It’s one of the biggest reasons I love Safari.
    Now, if I can just get back to Reading List Zero. I add more stuff than I have time to read!

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